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TABLE OF CONTENTS 1 Inside the IRS: What You Need to Know About IRS Operations IRS Inefficiency 5 Communicating With the?IRS 6 Rules of the Game-Tax Laws 9 Interpreting the Tax Code 10 Self-Assessment of Income Taxes 11 Winning the IRS Game 12 2 Filing Tax Returns: If You Haven't Filed and Other Concerns How Long Must You Worry About Not Filing a Tax Return? 16 Consequences of Not Filing 17 It's Better to File Before the?IRS?Contacts?You 21 What Will Happen When You?File?Late 24 Requesting an Extension to File 26 Filing a Return When You Can't Pay What You Owe 28 Filing a Tax Return When You Live Out of the U.S. 29 Reducing the Chance of?an?Audit When Filing 29 Amending Tax Returns 30 A Word About "Aggressive" Tax?Filing 31 3 Winning Your Audit How Long Do I Have to Worry About an Audit? 38 Do I Have to Learn Tax Law to Win My Audit? 40 Audit Selection-Why?Me,?O?Lord? 40 When the IRS Increases Your Tax Bill Without an Audit 49 Types of IRS Audits 57 How an Auditor Approaches an?Examination 72 Preparing for an Audit 75 Who Should Attend the Audit? 77 How to Act at an Audit 79 Finishing Audits 91 Serious Audit Problems 102 4 Appealing Your Audit Within the IRS Pros and Cons of Appealing an?Audit 114 How to Appeal an Audit 115 How the Appeals Office Works 121 Preparing for an?Appeals?Hearing 123 Meeting the Appeals Officer 125 Presenting a Case to an Appeals?Officer 125 Negotiating a Settlement 127 Should You Hire a Tax Professional for?Your Appeal? 133 If You Don't Settle on Appeal 133 5 Going to Tax Court: No Lawyer Necessary Tax Court Facts 137 Small Tax Cases-People's?Court 138 Regular Tax Court Cases-Over?$50,000 152 Other Federal Courts-Paying First Is Required 153 Bankruptcy Court 155 Appealing to Higher Courts 155 6 When You Owe the IRS: Keeping the Tax Collector at Bay When You Can't Pay With Your Tax Return 162 Getting Time to Pay After the Tax Bill Comes 163 IRS Tax Billing?Process 163 IRS Automated Collection System 165 Revenue Officers-Front Line Collectors of the IRS 170 Offers in Compromise-Settling Tax Bills for Pennies on the Dollar 190 Using the Bankruptcy Code to?Stop the IRS 204 Protecting Your Assets From?the?IRS 210 Suspending Collection of Your Tax Bill 211 7 IRS Enforced Collection: Liens and Levies Tax Liens 215 Tax Levies 220 Assets the IRS Can't or Won't?Seize 221 Avoiding a Levy 225 Getting a Tax Levy Released 228 IRS Sales of Levied Assets 231 8 The Taxpayer Advocate: A Friend at the IRS Who Qualifies for Help From?a?Taxpayer Advocate? 238 Contacting the Taxpayer Advocate Service 241 Emergency Help: Taxpayer Assistance Orders 243 9 Family, Friends, Heirs, and the IRS It's a Family Affair 248 Owning Property Jointly 254 Death and Taxes 256 10 Fraud and Tax Crimes: Do You Really Have to Worry? How People Cheat on?Their?Taxes 264 If You Are Caught Cheating 264 IRS Criminal Investigations 269 If You Are Prosecuted 275 11 Small Businesses/Self-Employed: When IRS Trouble Comes Self-Employed-You're a Prime?Audit?Target 280 Employees or Independent Contractors? 280 Payroll Taxes-IRS Dynamite 285 The Dreaded Trust Fund Recovery?Penalty 286 Cash Transactions Over?$10,000 294 12 Penalties and Interest Penalties Added to Tax Bills 298 Interest on Tax Bills 300 Understanding Penalty and Interest Notices 300 Reducing or Eliminating Penalties and Interest 301 Designating Voluntary Tax?Payments 307 13 Help Beyond the Book: Tax Professionals and Tax Information Finding and Using a Tax Professional 310 Tax Professionals and Audits 315 Hiring a Tax Return Preparer 316 Researching Tax Questions 317 14 When You Owe State Income Taxes The IRS and State Taxing?Authorities 324 Does Your State Have a Taxpayers' Bill of Rights? 324 State Time Limits to Assess and Collect Income Taxes 325 State Tax Collection Departments 325 State Tax Bills 326 When All Else Fails, Try Your Political Connections 328 15 The Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Taxpayers' Bill of Rights I 332 Taxpayers' Bill of Rights II 333 Taxpayer Bill of Rights III 335 16 The 25 Most Frequently Asked Questions Glossary of Tax Terms Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Tax protests and appeals -- United States -- Popular works.
Tax auditing -- United States -- Popular works.
Tax courts -- United States -- Popular works.
United States. Internal Revenue Service -- Popular works.